How Long Do Hard-Boiled Eggs Last Before Going Bad?
2024/02/01

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Once you know how to make perfect , your life will be forever changed. You'll want to make them for every occasion—like a healthy salad during the week or whipping up for your . But if you thought you were being clever by making an extra-large batch of hard-boiled eggs, there's one thing you'll need to know: How long do hard-boiled eggs last?

It's an question! And we have the answer. Read on for everything you need to know about how long hard-boiled eggs last and what you can do with . We’ve also got tips on whether or not you should peel the eggs and the best way to store them. For one thing, if you're planning on

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for Easter this year, you'll want to be sure your eggs don't sit out on display (or in the sun) for too long. Check out our tips for and remember, the FDA states that you shouldn't leave "egg dishes out of the refrigerator for more than two hours." But how long will they last in the fridge? Read on for everything you need to know.

Caitlin Bensel

How long does it take for hard-boiled eggs to go bad?

According to , hard-boiled eggs that are in their shell will last for up to one week. You should store hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator with their shells on, if possible. The shell will keep them fresh for longer and helps prevent the eggs from absorbing any odors in the fridge.

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Do hard-boiled eggs last longer peeled or unpeeled?

The simple answer: unpeeled! Peeled eggs should be used the same day for best quality, according to The American Egg Board. If the eggs have already been peeled, refrigerate them in a container or resealable plastic bag. That's especially true if you're wondering in the fridge.

How can you tell if a hard-boiled egg has gone bad?

A rotten egg can make you sick, so it's always best to err on the side of caution. If the egg is still in its shell, start by noticing if the egg looks chalky or slimy or otherwise "off" in any way that is unusual. Once the shell passes inspection,

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. A bad egg will give off an unpleasant odor—that's a tell-tale sign of a rotten egg. Sure, some eggs release a sulfurous smell once hard-boiled—a chemical reaction that occurs when eggs are over-cooked—but a rotten egg will have a distinctive smell.

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Can you eat hard-boiled eggs after 10 days?

The truth? Possibly, but you'll need to use your better senses to . That includes assessing the shell and whether the egg releases an odor. If the egg has no offensive properties, it's likely still fit for consumption. But in most cases, it's probably not worth the risk.

How can you use leftover hard-boiled eggs?

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